Saturday, June 2, 2007

A visit to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital for Induction

On Friday 1st of June, Hendy and I went to the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA) to begin the induction process. While there, we were introduced to our main contact within the RPA. After a brief introduction, she took us on an eye opening tour of the hospital. Most, if not, all of my work will be centered around the intensive care unit (ICU)'s information systems.

The main information system used at the RPA is somewhat old and basic. While it performs its basic duties well, there is the opportunity for vast improvements and by doing so, we envisage the new age H.I.S will enhance the information quality and delivery to patients at point of care as well as provide administrators with superior data analytics.

Near the end of the induction, we were given some reading material to ponder upon. It should be mentioned that the scope of this project is very large. While my thesis scope is still being refined, I'm finding this topic quite interesting and challenging. Hopefully, I will be posting a more detailed scope of my project as it becomes more clearer.

Thesis Project

The purpose of this blog is to track my progress and thoughts on my engineering thesis in semester 2, 2007. Below is a shortened summary of my topic:

Topic: General Purpose Analytics for Health Information Systems

The current ED Information Systems are considered to be antiquated technology that needs to be redeveloped. They limitations in that they not interact with other information systems within the especially X-ray and pathology systems.

Project Objectives
This project aims to expand our research into ways of generating hospital information systems and to produce a working prototype of an ED system from a generic solution to generating application specific information systems.

Project Resources
Work in the last year’s program has a produced a systems analysis of the ED at Westmead hospital. Also there is a historical set of specifications for ED systems which will be made available from a group of doctors specializing in this area of medicine. A methodology has been created for generating ISs from a master system which has as its major functions
  • Incorporation of medical terminology systems
  • Real-time data capture of point of care information, e.g., text descriptions, bedside measurements (pulse, blood pressure, temperature, etc.)
  • Interaction with other information systems for data requests and storage
  • Storage of a standardised electronic medical records, Retrieval of Electronic Medical Records (EMR)
The project needs to be developed further to solve the problem of general purpose analytics to satisfy the divergent roles of physician staff, that is, the roles of clinician, researcher, and administrator, all of which require different functionality from an information system.